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DUI OTHER THAN ALCOHOL

CAN I BE CHARGED WITH DUI EVEN IF I HAD NOT BEEN DRINKING?

     Yes.  The DUI laws are written so that any person operating a motor vehicle under any form of IMPAIRMENT can be charged with DUI.  This means that you be charged with DUI if you have only taken your prescription medications as long as those medications would impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle.  Likewise, you can be charged for DUI if you have smoked marijuana or used any other type of illegal drug.  Again, having a lawyer knowledgeable in handling these cases is imperative.

     It is not uncommon to find people who have been arrested for DUI even though they have not consumed any alcohol.  Especially when dealing with driver's who have taken their prescription medications as directed by a physician.  Typically, the prosecutor will request your blood be analysed for alcohol first.  If the results are negative they will then resubmit your blood to determine if you have any medications or drugs in your system and how much.   If medications or drugs are found in your blood then you can still be prosecuted for DUI in the State of Tennessee.

     As with Alcohol related DUI there are a litany of factors to be considered in preparing a successful DUI defense for drugs or prescriptions.  Mr. Howard's knowledge and experience in handling these cases can be beneficial to you too.

     Just like with an alcohol related DUI you need a lawyer that understands the nature of the charges and who will work with you to formulate the best defense possible.  

     If you or someone you know have been charged with DUI for medications or drugs call today for your free consultation.

DEREK R. HOWARD

ATTORNEY AT LAW     615-900-3235